René Ferrell, Ph.D
René Ferrell is Emerita Associate Professor and former Director of Music Education at CSUB. Her studies include: Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, Kodály Certificate from Silver Lake College (WI), Orff Certificate from the University of Memphis (TN), and choral studies at Westminster Choir College (NJ). René is past officer for the Kern County Music Educators’ Association and two-time recipient of the KCMEA University Educator of the Year Award. Her long career includes teaching prize winning middle and high school choirs in Texas, adjudicating numerous choral competitions in several states, holding long-time membership in the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and conducting honor choirs that include Bakersfield’s Grand Night and the Kern Country Junior High Honor Choir. She has presented conference sessions, workshops, and Kodály certification courses across the country, conducted university women’s choruses in Lincoln (NE) and Bakersfield, and published numerous papers and articles in state and national peer reviewed and professional journals. Her professional service includes: President for the Nebraska Kodály Association and Nebraska Orff Association, Women’s Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Nebraska Choral Directors Association, and she has held several positions on the Organization of American Kodály Educators Board of Directors. As guest of the Hungarian Kodály Association, she was principal speaker for the International Kodály Society conference in Budapest and has presented papers at IKS Symposia in Leicester (ENG) and Cincinnati (OH). Dr. Ferrell founded the Nebraska Kodály Certification Program and now works with Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos as they create the new CSUB Kodály Institute.